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Boys Town Texas Participates in Cardboard Kids ™

Boys Town Texas was proud to be a part ​of the Cardboard Kids™ campaign to raise awareness of child abuse in San Antonio, Texas on April 9, 2015. Sponsored by the Valero Energy Foundation, each 2-foot-tall cardboard figure shaped like children, represented one of the thousands of children that are abused and neglected at the hands of adults in the community last year. ChildSafe, a local Child Advocacy Center, organized and created the campaign for the second year in a row hoping to increase awareness in the community.

Having been a part of this campaign from the very beginning, Boys Town Texas made Cardboard Kids and brought them along to events to help spread the message everywhere they went. The Cardboard Kids were present at Boys Town Texas’s Race for Prevention of Child Abuse “family fun event,” Men's Breakfast at Del Webb's Hill Country Resort, Last Chance Ministries, among many other events and locations around town. Boys Town employees even got their families involved. One employee’s daughter decorated a Cardboard Kid and took it to school. She shared the message with her principal and classmates.

Social media was also incorporated with people taking pictures at locations around town and sharing the image while using the tag #cardboardkidsSA. This year, ChildSafe and the community spread awareness with over 20,000 Cardboard Kids across the San Antonio area. April is Child Abuse Prevention Month and Boys Town Texas strives to be a part of the conversation that makes lasting changes and influences to the safety of children.

According to Cardboard Kids, in 2014 there were 5,434 confirmed cases of child abuse and neglect in Bexar County, and 12 children died from abuse at the hands of an adult. Bexar County has the second highest rate of child abuse in Texas.